Friday, November 6, 2015

FaerieWorlds 2015 and other updates!

Wow what a whir the last few months have been!

As of the end of August, I am officially done at Oregon State University, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

FaerieWorlds 2015 was a blast, I was there again as the Aerial Photographer, though I didn't get to fly as much as I had hoped due to weather and concerns from the venue owner who was very hesitant to let us fly at all over his property.

For FaerieWorlds, my girlfriend and I built an awesome LED lit staff to go with her fall faerie costume, and it turned out amazingly well, the build log and instructions are here:

We're also working on an auquaponics system built into her greenhouse, and I will be posting project details for that st some point in the near(ish) future once the next iteration is done.

I'm currently job hunting like crazy hoping to find a great place to kick-start my engineering career (while still staying in the Portland area) If anyone reading this blog knows of a Portland area company looking for Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems / Automation / Test engineers, let me know!

I hope to post more updates soon, but things have been pretty crazy lately.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Web Presence!

Two new updates! I now have an official Z-Inventions Facebook page: and an Etsy: .

I will post project updates both here and on the Z-I facebook page, and will be selling various things on Etsy!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Instructable posted!

As many of you may know, I occasionally post step-by-step instructions for my designs and inventions on!

My last post was all about my laser etching machine, and I decided that I should post more details on how it was made! To that point, I wrote an Instructable detailing all the steps!

Check out the Instructable, and if you wish, vote for me in the contests I'm in!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


As some of you know, I like gadgets. I especially like lasers! I've been having some fun with a WickedLasers Spyder Arctic 3 as of late, and must say that it is an absolutely fantastic piece of kit!

My original reason for getting the laser was to combine it with my Rostock Max 3D printer, and make my own laser etching machine!

One of my first test-burns!
UPDATE: I wrote an Instructable!
More after the break!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Printer!!

WOW, It's been ages since I last posted (I guess I'm not very good at this blogging thing!). I've been super busy making lots of things, and have recently gotten a new 3D printer!

While my Makerbot is still a pretty awesome machine, I felt it was time to be able to make things a little bit bigger, and by a little bit, I mean a huge amount! My new printer is a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max!

This thing is HUGE! with about 280mm diameter by 300mm high build area, it has a truly gigantic build space, though attempting to print at that size with ABS is a waste of time :/
OH, and, it's a DELTA printer, meaning that it can achieve some very impressive speeds in all axes, making "hop" functions actually useful!
I'll post more pictures and maybe videos at some point in the future, but with school starting back up, time will be at a premium!

Arduino IDE running slow? Here's a fix!

I've been having some serious issues with the Arduino IDE being painfully slow to operate lately, and just found an easy fix!

It turns out, the normal rxtxSerial DLL that the IDE uses to operate gets easily bogged down, the fixed version works much faster and makes the whole system run better!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

THIS IS the droid you are looking for!

After having more problems than I could count with my old phone, an HTC Thunderbolt, I finally upgraded, and what an upgrade it turned out to be!
photo from Motorola